I have had the game for a while. Played for a bit, got completely lost and gave up. Of course I did start off on a enormous map lol. I figured, I can do that in Civ, why not here
So after the patch, I watched the vds and started on a MUCH smaller map with the settings recommended by Das. Things went much better. Even took over another race's home planet just to see if I could. Of course it did take a few tries as I GREATLY underestimated the number of troops needed.
Imagine my shock, when the end game screen came up a little while later saying I had been defeated Huh?
Looking at the end game stats, an AI player (who was an ally with me) had beaten me. Matter of fact, several AIs had beaten me badly (ended up 4th out of 9). I was playing as the Acenturians? (the first race on the list). Was that not a good race to chose? I had the most colonies, tons of cash. While I was not the tech leader, I was a close 2nd or 3rd.
So the question is do I back up to about half way through and try and salvage the game or just restart? Everything was normal, cluster galaxiy 700 stars, etc. Everything automated, with my ability to override (which I think is an awesome feature btw).
Should I have not accepted the default VCs or maybe change when victory is determined (i.e. make it longer)?
Look forward to the help.